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Chipmaker Qualcomm offered a glimpse of what the future might hold for the next generation of smartphones at a press event in London yesterday, from augmented reality (shown above) to mobile telemedicine. Silicon.com's Natasha Lomas peers into their crystal ball.
"What we see looking forward is that the phone is going to be embedded in the world around you, wireless is going to be in all of the things that are around you in the world," Dr Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm, told the event to demonstrate the company's upcoming technology.
"It's going to give you this opportunity to have your phone almost act as a remote control - it'll be able to do things like give you a user interface so I can send video to a projector, get access to a microphone, or speakers, or content that might be available in a given environment, or I might share information with people when I meet them because I can see what information they might be interested in."
Powering the evolution of mobile functionality will be an increase in processing power, according to Jacobs, who said that the chipmaker has a 1.5GHz processor in the pipeline, due in the first quarter of 2011. It's also working on dual-core chipsets, due in the first half of 2011.
Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com